When you get what you want in your struggle for self

And the world makes you king for a day,

Just go to a mirror, and look at yourself,

And see what that man has to say.


For it isn't your father or mother or wife,

Whose judgment upon you must pass,

The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life,

Is the one staring back from the glass.


Some people may think you're a straight shooting chum

And call you a wonderful guy,

But the man in the glass says you're only a bum,

If you can't look him in the eye.


He's the fellow to please, never mind the rest,

For he's with you clear to the end,

And you have passed your most difficult, dangerous test

If the man in the glass is your friend.


You can fool the whole world down the pathway of life,

And get pats on your back as you pass,

But your final reward will be heartaches and tears

If you cheat the MAN IN THE GLASS.